Encouraging active citizenship within the curriculum
LJMU students are helping create the next generation of active, informed and responsible citizens
Discover some of the projects that are encouraging civic engagement within the LJMU curriculum, particularly our work in schools:
Partners in Poetry
Thanks to our partnerships with several primary schools across the city, LJMU primary teaching degree students are given the opportunity to deliver poetry lessons to pupils in Key Stage 2. Working with small groups of children, student teachers explore poetry with pupils in an interactive and performative way. Pupils then share their poetry to an audience.
"The student teachers were a credit to themselves and everyone at LJMU. I have received very positive feedback from staff and children in all classes and would like to develop a stronger relationship with the university."
– Springwood Heath head teacher, Ian Hunt.
Primary Education BA with QTS students are given the opportunity to devise and deliver a two-day Global Project in primary schools in partnership with the Liverpool World Centre. Students cover global and sensitive issues that both pupils and teacher may encounter internal and external to educational settings. With 13 schools on board, Global Project represents a safe space for discussion on controversial, rarely discussed or global topics of interest. Through this initiative, students are able to open up conversations and have an impact of the lives of pupils, while expanding their own skill-set as prospective teachers.
Shaping a new TATE collection for primary schools
Trainee teachers from LJMU are working with primary teachers from across the region to shape a new exhibition of Tate Liverpool’s works of art. Through workshops, the group are devising a concept for an exhibition that schools could use flexibly as a creative resource across the primary curriculum. Trainee teachers are gaining useful insight into how pupils engage with art and the gallery, as well as learning about the benefits and limitations of curating a new exhibition. Tate curators pass on knowledge about different art work in the gallery to enable the group to consider work that could contribute to a new and inspirational environment in the gallery.
This year the Reading Rocks conference was held for the first time at LJMU’s IM Marsh to a large group of teachers, student teachers, teaching assistants and librarians all with a keen interest in supporting and encouraging pupils to take up and enjoy reading. With a wide variety of workshops on offer, attendees were able to hear from authors, connect with different spheres of education, and share ideas and tips to help children with their reading and writing.
Maths Meet, organised by LJMU’s primary mathematics team, is an informal meeting for primary teachers to share good practice, research-based practical innovations and personal insights into the teaching and learning of mathematics. Latest research and reports, initiatives, CPD and general school practices are also considered in the meetings. So far, the sessions have been well received, with teachers given plenty of ideas to take back to the classroom.